Ravens @ Browns: News, Notes & Game Capsule

Rob Carr

From the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens Public Relations Departments, here's all you need or want to know about the Ravens-Browns game this weekend.

From the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens Public Relations Departments:

Ravens Game Release: Week 9 at Cleveland (Nov. 4)

http://www.ravenspr.com/game_release/2012/110412_Week9_Ravens_at_Browns_GameRelease.pdf

· Game Notes/Opponent Information

· Quotes

· Team, Coach & Player Notes

· Community News

· John Harbaugh’s Monday Presser Transcript

· Rosters, Depth Chart, Transactions & Statistics

NO-HUDDLE TACTICS

A strategic move to change the pace of an offense or a mandatory tactic in the final two minutes with the game on the line, the no-huddle offense can serve as an effective option.

Preparation and communication are some key ingredients in NFL offenses operating a complex no-huddle attack.

"I think every team wants to play fast and get up to the line of scrimmage," says Denver Broncos offensive coordinator MIKE MC COY, who relies on quarterback PEYTON MANNING to control the Broncos no-huddle offense. "Every team has a no-huddle system. How fast you go depends on what type of quarterback you have and how fast can your players react to it all."

Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL definitely knows the advantages of the no-huddle offense. Tannehill executed a form of the no-huddle offense during his collegiate days at Texas A&M under current Dolphins offensive coordinator MIKE SHERMAN and it has carried over to his NFL career.

"When we get to the line quicker, we are able to assess the defense and get ourselves into a good play," says Tannehill. "We’re then able to run more plays and give ourselves more opportunities to put points on the board. We run these same no-huddle plays in practice, so we’re used to not being able to say, ‘do this on this play.’ It’s just kind of an understanding that we’re on the same page."

The teams with the lowest average time of possession on scoring drives through Week 8:

TEAM

AVG. TIME OF POSSESSION

Cleveland Browns

3:05

Oakland Raiders

3:05

Miami Dolphins

3:13

Atlanta Falcons

3:13

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3:18

A look at the key factors in running an effective no-huddle offense:

COMMUNICATION

"Communication is everything when it comes to the no-huddle. You have to get the communication to the offensive line first and foremost, to the running backs and also to the wide receivers. Communication is not just from the quarterback to the offensive linemen and to the receivers, but from receiver to receiver, from offensive linemen to offensive linemen. That’s why the good teams are so good at it because everybody communicates very, very well together." – NFL Network analyst and former NFL MVP KURT WARNER.

CONCENTRATION

"It takes a lot of concentration. It takes a team effort for sure. You've got to have all 11 guys working at the same pace and you've got to make sure you're doing your own job out there." – New England Patriots tight end ROB GRONKOWSKI.

EXECUTION

"Flexibility and versatility are critical. It’s got to be real in the sense that just sticking guys in certain places and not using them – people aren’t going to defend that. We have tight ends; we have people that we can move and running backs outside that they aren’t a decoy – it’s real. It gets players the ball in space. We are putting guys in places strategically to give them an advantage, or give us an advantage. It’s really that simple." – Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator CAM CAMERON.

PRESSURE ON THE DEFENSE

"One of the main points of running a no-huddle offense and what you're trying to accomplish is making the defense uncomfortable. Sometimes you're calling plays and the defense isn't even set, so you don't always know what defense they're in or what the exact blocking patterns are. But, that's why you need to have a smart and veteran group. When the ball is snapped, you must react quickly and be able to sort out the grey area." – Baltimore Ravens center MATT BIRK.

TEMPO

"You’re looking to push the tempo, play fast, wear an opponent down, kind of play faster than they are. Ideally, you’re getting a bunch of first downs. I think there’s some advantages if you can get it rolling." – Miami Dolphins head coachJOE PHILBIN.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-2) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (2-6)

SERIES

RAVENS

BROWNS

SERIES LEADER

20-7

STREAKS

Past 9

COACHES VS. OPP.

Harbaugh: 9-0

Shurmur: 0-3

LAST WEEK

Bye (Wk. 7: L 43-13 at Texans)

W 7-6 vs. Chargers

LAST GAME

9/27/12: Browns 16 at Ravens 23. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco throws 18-yard TD pass to WR Torrey Smith & adds 1-yard rush TD as Baltimore defeats Cleveland on Thursday night.

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/4/11: Ravens 24, Browns 10. Baltimore RB Ray Rice rushes for 204 rush yards & TD as CB Lardarius Webb returns 4th-quarter punt 68 yards for TD in division win.

BROADCAST

CBS (1:00 PM ET): Marv Albert, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 93 (Bal.), 85 (Cle.). XM: 234 (Cle.).

STATS

PASSING

Flacco: 150-252-1,837-9-6-84.0

Weeden (R): 165-299-1,912-9-10-70.8

RUSHING

Rice: 106-524-4.9-5 (T3L)

Richardson (R): 127-470-3.7-5 (T3L)

RECEIVING

Boldin: 31-453-14.6-1

Richardson (R) (RB): 25-209-8.4-1

OFFENSE

355.1

314.8

TAKE/GIVE

+5 (3C)

+3

DEFENSE

400.0

392.4

SACKS

Ngata: 3

D. Jackson: 3

INTs

Ca. Williams: 3 (T1C)

4 tied: 2

PUNTING

Koch: 47.2

Hodges: 42.8

KICKING

Tucker (R): 60 (18/18 PAT; 14/15 FG)

Dawson: 52 (16/16 PAT; 12/12 FG)

NOTES

RAVENS: Club has 11-5 (.688) record after bye…Seek 10th straight win vs. Browns…Bal. has won past 10 vs. AFC North…With win, JOHN HARBAUGH & JOE FLACCO will record 50th career win as HC & starting QB tandem…Flacco is 9-0 vs. Cle. & has 11 TDs vs. 5 INTs & 92.3 rating. Ravens are 26-2 (.929) when he has 100+ rating…RB RAY RICE (4,901) needs 99 rush yards to join JAMAL LEWIS (7,801) as only players in Ravens history to reach 5,000. In career vs. Browns, Rice averages 91.6 rush yards per game (167 att., 824 yards). Ravens are 13-2 (.867) when Rice has 100+ rush yards in game…WR TORREY SMITH had 6 rec. for 97 yards w/ TD in last meeting vs. Cle. WR ANQUAN BOLDIN posted 9 rec. for 131 yards in last game vs. Browns. Boldin (9,911) needs 89 scrimmage yards to reach 10,000 career…CB CARY WILLIAMS has 3 INTs in past 4…S ED REED has 10 career INTs vs. Cle., tied for most vs. any opponent…LB TERRELL SUGGS had sack in season debut vs. Hou. Has 13 sacks in 18 career games vs. Cle…LB DANNELL ELLERBE led team with 12 tackles last game…BROWNS: Aim for 3rd straight win at home…Rookie QB BRANDON WEEDENleads AFC rookies with 9 TD passes. Leads NFL rookies in completions. (165). In past 3, Weeden has passed for 624 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT. Passed for 320 yards in only game vs. Bal…Rookie RB TRENT RICHARDSON has 5 rush TDs, most by Browns’ rookie in team’s 1st 8 games since ’69 (RON JOHNSON, 5). Posted 2nd 100-yard rush game of career last week (122). Leads AFC rookies with 470 rush yards. Had rush TD in only meeting vs. Bal…WR JOSH GORDON leads NFL rookies in receiving yards (379). Averages 22.3 yards per catch in ’12. WR GREG LITTLE had season-high 77 rec. yards in last game vs. Bal…Browns have AFC-best 10 INTs this season…LB D’QWELL JACKSON has team-high 60 tackles in ’12…DT AHTYBA RUBIN has 2 sacks in past 2 vs. Bal…Rookie DT BILLY WINN posted 1st sack of career last week…Since entering NFL in ’10, CB JOE HADEN leads team w/ 8 INTs.

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